DANVILLE -- Attention, Eugene O'Neill fans: the award-winning playwright's legacy will live on through a series of short plays by emerging Bay Area playwrights inspired by his example.
In addition to a short play by a Danville high school student, seven 10-minute plays will be performed. They are all based on the O'Neill theme "Haunted by the Past," and were chosen from more than 40 submissions from writers from the Playground Theatre Company of San Francisco and the Pear Avenue Playwright's Guild in Mountain View.
Presented by the Eugene O'Neill Foundation, the "Inspired by O'Neill" show will be performed at the Museum of the San Ramon Valley on Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. The museum is at 205 Railroad Ave. in Danville.
A short play, "A Girls' Night Out" by Jenelle Doolittle, a student at Monte Vista High School in Danville, also will be featured as a "curtain warmer" at the top of the program. It was written as part of the foundation's O'Neill Studio Retreat held each summer at O'Neill's former home, Tao House in Danville, which is a national historic site.
The seven other plays to be spotlighted are "Attention Must Be Paid" by Patricia Cotter, "Spring Cleaning" by Ruben Grijalva, "Only Forever" by Karen Macklin, "What Doesn't Kill You" by Diane Gribschaw, "Dibs on the Scotty Dog" by Katie May, "Significant People" by Amy Sass, "So Much History" by Robin Lynn Rodriguez.
The only American playwright to be awarded the Nobel Prize in literature, O'Neill lived in Danville from 1937 to 1943, during which he wrote some of his most famous plays, including "A Long Day's Journey into Night" and "The Iceman Cometh."
Tickets are $20 and are available online at www.eugeneoneill.org or by phone at 925-820-1818. Advance reservations are recommended.